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Home Organization Tips
By Kristian Jorgensen, Mortgage Loan Officer A little bit of organization can go a long way to maintain stability and peace in a household. While organizing your entire house can be an overwhelming undertaking, with a good plan and some great tips, the execution can be smooth and efficient. Getting Started Set aside time to complete your organization project. Writing down a schedule helps keep you on track to meet your goals. Focus on certain areas that will have the biggest impact and list them based on priority. Maybe a high traffic area like the kitchen, an office where you work from ...
Budget-Friendly Ways to Winterize Your Home
As the cold months seem to get colder, it’s important to remember winter home care. Putting in the necessary work early could save you money over time. Here are some easy ways to winterize your home this season: Change Furnace Filters Remember to clean or replace these at least once a month during the winter. When the filters get dirty, it restricts airflow in the home, which can increase energy demand. By cleaning the filters monthly, you’ll be saving money throughout the winter. Reverse Fans A ceiling fan isn’t just useful in the summer, it can be extremely useful in the winter too! Reverse ...
5 Steps to Increase the Value of Your Home
Sometimes the smallest changes in your home can add a large amount of value. If you are considering selling your home, check out these five easy and affordable ways to increase your home’s value. A Fresh Coat of Paint – Painting can be one of the easiest and least expensive ways to change the look of your home. When painting any room in your home, try to stay with a neutral color and tone. This way your home will appeal to a wider audience. Don’t forget to touch up the trim, doors and kitchen cabinets. Upgrade Your Window Treatments – A cardinal ...
4 Ideas for Summer Home Improvement Projects
Some view summer as a time for relaxation and kicking back. Others see it as a time to get stuff done. If you’re looking around your house wondering which projects to tackle, we’ve got some suggestions for summer home improvement projects that will add value to your home and keep you moving! Replace storm doors. In Michigan, we get both the humid weather and crazy thunderstorms. Why not install new storm doors? They’ll add an element of style to your home, while letting in light and protecting your home from the elements. Give the backyard a facelift. Freshen up your patio furniture, ...
3 Things to Ask Yourself Before a Home Improvement Project
With the weather getting warmer and the sun shining, it’s time to come out of hibernation and start working on the home improvement projects. But when your house was built in 1960 and needs countless updates, where do you begin? Should you paint the kitchen cabinets, install a new bathroom sink and light fixtures, or put in a new concrete patio in the back yard? This can be a big dilemma. Here’s a few things to think about before you get started. How long will I live here? Consider how long you’re going to live somewhere before you spend thousands of ...
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